The week of July 3, 2016

Crime
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A death on Usenet: Sharon Lopatka and the strange case of “consensual murder”

By Jeremy Lybarger

To her neighbors she seemed quiet and unassuming. Online, she asked to be tortured and killed.  

Features

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How grassroots activists are forcing gun sales off Facebook

By Peter Rugg

The social network banned private gun sales in January, but a dedicated group of users says it’s fallen to them to enforce the rules.

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The sad, strange murder case behind @BillComeans

By EJ Dickson

Bill Comeans was murdered 36 years ago, but he’s still tweeting from beyond the grave.

Opinion

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Don’t blame viral videos of police brutality for America’s crime wave

By Gillian Branstetter

‘The Ferguson Effect’ is a myth.